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The first 50 years of Summerfest

Published June 24, 2020

From a de-comissioned missile site to the worlds largest music festival, Milwaukee made Summerfest, and Summerfest has helped shape Milwaukee.

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Summerfest's Maier Festival Park grounds have a long history

Published July 3, 2019

For many, "going to the Lakefront" means the same thing as going to Summerfest. But the Henry Maier Festival Park has a lengthy history that precedes the Big Gig ... and looks much different than it did when the festival moved to the lakefront in 1970.

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Josephine Dolan built Downtown's Harp Irish Pub

Published March 14, 2018

Most Milwaukeeans know about The Harp Irish Pub at 113 E. Juneau Ave., but, sadly, few now remember its founder, Josephine Dolan, who was a beloved Brew City publican. Luckily, her granddaugher Patricia Doherty wrote in to remind us all.

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Summerfest 50: The 1980s

Published June 8, 2017

While Summerfest was in growth mode in the 1970s, the next decade brought the Big Gig to an entirely new level, introducing us to Bo Black and building the Marcus Amphitheater.

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Cartoonist Sanders brings his biting commentary back to Milwaukee

Published Jan. 16, 2017

What comes around goes around and that's perhaps even more true in Smallwaukee. I was reminded of this when veteran editorial cartoonist Bill Sanders re-appeared on the scene, contributing his biting work to OnMilwaukee. Sanders' art is on view this week during Gallery Night.

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A Milwaukee River parkway and Downtown Disney?

Published Aug. 7, 2014

"The Downtown Milwaukee River ... Once a mighty stream of commerce, now seeks a new role in the life of the city." So said a 1968 report by the Milwaukee River Technical Study Committee, a 10-member group of local officials that convened for five years to assess the state of the river, look back at its history and consider its future. The report makes for interesting reading nearly 50 years later.

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We can see ourselves in the Milwaukee of 32 years ago

Published Aug. 23, 2012

It looks like ancient history. At mom's house a few months ago I found this: an August 1980 edition of National Geographic. The distinctive border still a golden yellow but the photographs inside, especially in a 22-page spread on Milwaukee - "More Than Beer" - have a long-lost color to them; an almost unreal range of dull hues.

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My Milwaukee radio Mount Rushmore

Published July 26, 2011

Walking amid the throngs a few weeks back at Summerfest, I bumped into a Milwaukee radio legend. That encounter made me smile, brought back a flood of memories, and is the cause for the following avalanche of name-dropping you are about to endure.

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Milwaukee Talks: Summerfest Chairman Howard Schnoll

Published June 19, 2007

Howard Schnoll has been a Summerfest leader for 40 years. In this Milwaukee Talks, we talk to the chairman of the Milwaukee World Festival board about the past and the future for the Big Gig.